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    1879 Schoolgirl Dollar in Silver
    Judd-1608, PR65+
    Ex: Garrett

    1879 $1 Schoolgirl Dollar, Judd-1608, Pollock-1804, Low R.7, PR65+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Garrett-Simpson. The "Schoolgirl" dollar features George T. Morgan's celebrated design. A bust of Liberty faces left, and her hair is combed back and is tied with a ribbon. She wears a hairband inscribed LIBERTY, which is placed much higher than on most other Liberty head designs. A string of pearls is around her neck. E PLURIBUS UNUM and the date are separated by thirteen stars, similar to the Morgan Dollar obverse border although E PLURIBUS is higher on this pattern. The reverse features a defiant eagle standing with raised wings on a wide scroll inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST. The conventional heraldic olive branch and arrows are on opposite sides of the scroll. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR are arranged along the border much like on the regular issue Morgan Dollar. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. The Schoolgirl design is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully designed of all patterns as well as adopted U.S. coinage. USPatterns.com lists 15 pedigreed examples; this is the #4 piece. Three pieces are housed in museums and the website notes that many of the known examples have been cleaned. The website also notes this particular example was the first to be sold in a transaction from W. Elliott Woodward to T. Harrison Garrett.

    Each side presents the viewer with a different look. The obverse shows spotted multicolored toning with deeper shades of rose and blue around the margin. The reverse is mostly cobalt-blue with brighter yellow-rose around the periphery and a bit of reddish patina in the center. Well struck, except for several of the eagle's breast feathers.
    Ex: W. Elliott Woodward sale privately to T. Harrison Garrett, August 18, 1883; Garrett Collection, Part II (Bowers and Ruddy, 3/1980), lot 1056; Benson Collection, Part III (Goldberg Auctions, 2/2003), as NGC PR65.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AGY, PCGS# 61986)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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